Robey Theatre Company receives 12 NAACP noms

Robey - The Reckoning - Tarnue Massaquoi, Tanya Lane


The Robey Theatre Company, Los Angeles’ acclaimed African American theatre company based downtown at Los Angeles Theatre Center, is on track to scoop the pool at the forthcoming NAACP* Theatre Awards. The modest theatre company has received a staggering twelve nominations for the 21st Annual NAACP Theatre Awards event, scheduled to be held at the Directors Guild of America on Monday, August 29, 2011.

Three of the company’s hit productions from the past year, Transitions, The Emperor’s Last Performance and The Reckoning, were each rewarded with nominations in various categories.

Of particular note is the fact that ALL of the NAACP nominees in the category of ‘playwriting for intimate venues’ are playwrights from Robey’s playwriting program.

Robey offers LA audiences “The Black Theatre experience.” They are dedicated to enriching, entertaining and exposing our community to a superior theatre experience.

For over sixteen years, Robey has provided the Los Angeles theatre community with award winning and critically acclaimed stage performances. These include: Yohen, The Last Season, For The Love of Freedom Trilogy, Permanent Collection, Bronzeville and most recently, The River Niger.

Robey’s 2011 season at the Los Angeles Theatre Company (LATC) promises to maintain the high quality of prior years and to offer equally compelling and enriching programs.

A complete list of Robey nominees follows:

Best Set Design – Local

Transitions – Victoria Bellocq

Best Sound – Local

The Emperor’s Last Performance – Eric Butler

Best Director – Local

Transitions – Dwain A. Perry

Best Playwright – Local

Transitions – Kellie Roberts

The Emperor’s Last Performance – Melvin Ishmael Johnson

The Reckoning – Kimba Henderson

Best Lead Male – Local

The Emperor’s Last Performance – Dwain A. Perry

Best Supporting Male – Local

The Emperor’s Last Performance – Robert Clements

Best Female Lead – Local

The Reckoning – Toyin Moses

Best Ensemble Cast – Local


Best Producer – Local

Transitions – The Robey Theatre Company and Ben Guillory

The Reckoning – The Robey Theatre Company and Ben Guillory in Association with the Latino Theatre Company

The Robey Theatre Company congratulates its nominees.

Robey - Transitions 2

The NAACP Theatre Awards will be presented at the Directors Guild of America on Monday, August 29, 2011.

For ticket information for the awards ceremony, call (323) 384-5303 or visit the official site.

A Festival associated with the annual awards will run from August 25th – 28th at

The Los Angeles Theatre Center.


514 S. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA, 90013-2304

phone: (213) 489-7402


For more information, visit the official site.

* The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization for ethnic minorities in the United States.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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